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2011-06-09 13:53:30

Racial and ethnic disparities in health care neither found nor reduced so far under closely watched Massachusetts program Massachusetts' innovative use of "pay-for-performance" bonuses to try to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the case of Medicaid patients has turned up no evidence of the problem at any of the state's 66 acute-care hospitals, according to a new study that raises questions about the effectiveness of the state's novel approach. While the study, published in the June...

2011-06-08 01:29:11

Despite billions of dollars spent on health care each year, the United States ranks 27th out of 33 developed countries for life expectancy at birth. Leading causes of infant mortality are complications related to pre-term birth or low birth weight-outcomes that have been linked with domestic violence. A University of Missouri researcher says a key factor in addressing this issue is preventing violence against mothers and children. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released...

2011-06-03 12:26:56

Survival rates of wealthier patients and those younger than 70 with glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive malignant brain tumor, have improved since 2000, whereas rates for those living in poorer areas and older than 70 have remained stagnant, according to an abstract being presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital researchers on Saturday, June 4. (ABSTRACT #6089). The addition of concurrent and adjuvant...

2011-06-01 10:18:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- States are seeing improvements in health care quality, but disparities for their minority and low-income residents persist, according to the 2010 State Snapshots, released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. New Hampshire, Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island showed the greatest overall performance improvement in 2010. The five states with the smallest overall performance improvement were Kentucky,...

2011-05-26 15:00:00

Statement Highlights: -- Disparities based on race and ethnic origin exist in every aspect of stroke care. -- Minority groups represent at least 28 percent of the U.S. population, and the percent is expected to nearly double by the year 2050 - increasing the need to close healthcare gaps. -- Education can significantly improve stroke care for minority groups. Programs to reach young minorities can help raise awareness that stroke is preventable and treatable. DALLAS, May 26, 2011...

2011-05-25 07:30:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Conoce las Preguntas, (Know the Questions) a new, multimedia Spanish-language campaign announced today by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Ad Council, encourages Hispanics to get more involved in their health care and to talk with their doctors about their medical concerns. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/adcouncil/50117/ (Photo:...

2011-05-20 00:00:31

Study to examine the topics and online communication tools and resources that CT residents use find more information on health-related issues. Hartford, CT (PRWEB) May 18, 2011 Health Justice CT announces the launch of the second annual survey to measure the current level of awareness about racial and ethnical health disparities among Connecticut (CT) residents. The study will also examine the topics and online communication tools and resources that CT residents use to find more information...

2011-05-16 17:08:04

Decades after the pit closures, coalfield communities still face significant health problems and economic difficulties, according to new research. A Durham University-led study shows that health problems including long term limiting illnesses such as chronic arthritis, asthma and back problems, are significantly more likely in some of these areas. However, the results, published in the Journal, Health and Place, also reveal that some less deprived coalfield areas are faring relatively well in...

2011-05-04 00:00:29

Utilizing social media, Health Justice CT joins the Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE) in a series of public forums Hartford, CT (PRWEB) May 02, 2011 The Connecticut Commission on Health Equity (CHE) will hold a series of Public Forums on Health Disparities held in May. State data reveal that minorities, largely African American, Hispanics, Asian American/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans, are less likely to have access to quality health care and to suffer from more disease...

2011-04-28 07:07:00

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With minorities expected to become the collective majority in the US by 2050, a report released today by the President's Cancer Panel identifies an urgent need to expand research and improve understanding of the factors that influence cancer risk and outcomes among diverse populations. The Panel's report, America's Demographic and Cultural Transformation: Implications for Cancer, states that knowledge of cancer risk, incidence, progression, and...